• Heather Holliday

    Heather Holliday puts the sexy into the sideshow, blowing fire and swallowing swords with the Pretty Things Peepshow. She has also performed with the Coney Island Circus Sideshow and the Brothers Grimm Sideshow, and is currently the...

    • Posted January 30, 2013
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  • Pretty Things Peepshow

    The Pretty Things Peepshow combines Vaudeville, burlesque and sideshow acts that harken back to the early days of the traveling circus when Girly shows and dark, seedy hootchy-kootchy tents lined the midway beside freakshows and human oddities....

    • Posted January 30, 2013
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  • Chopping Down A Redwood

    Lumberjacks chopping down a giant Redwood in California c. 1900.

    • Posted January 30, 2013
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  • Fearful Tales of the Occult

    This is the first issue of the Australian comic book magazine Fearful Tales of the Occult, printed in 1977.

    • Posted January 26, 2013
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  • Portable Living Room

    TV Helmet (The Portable Living Room) by Walter Pichler, 1967 Small Room (Prototype 4)

    • Posted January 25, 2013
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  • Dynasphere

    The Dynasphere was a monowheel electric vehicle invented in 1932 by Dr. J. A. Purves from Taunton, Somerset, UK. It had 2.5 horse power and once attained a speed of 25mph.

    • Posted January 24, 2013
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  • The Gift of Psychokenisis

    Get that hairy chest and he-man appearance you have always wanted and admired with the gift of psychokenisis for only $10!

    • Posted January 24, 2013
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  • The Dark Fairy Tales of Miwa Yanagi

    Photographer Miwa Yanagi’s black and white fairy tale series is surreal and disturbing, featuring macabre twists on classic tales that will get under your skin and haunt you.

    • Posted January 23, 2013
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  • Ohio Big Foot Girl

    Misses Fannie Mills (August 30, 1860 or 1859 – 1899), known as “The Ohio Big Foot Girl,” had a disease called Milroy Disease which caused for legs and feet to become gigantic. She was born in Sussex,...

    • Posted January 22, 2013
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  • Eva C Excreting Ectoplasm

    Show medium Marthe Beraud (also known as Eva C. and Eva Carrière) excreting ectoplasm during a session c. 1910.

    • Posted January 20, 2013
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  • Houdini’s Box

    1924 photo of Harry Houdini and his box created to evaluate the abilities of Mediums during his crusade to disprove their powers.

    • Posted January 19, 2013
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  • Knife Thrower

    Vintage photo of a knife thrower and his lovely, trusting assistant. Related Freak Show: Most Famous Sideshow Performers Sideshow Banner Art by Fred G. Johnson Circus World Museum

    • Posted January 18, 2013
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  • Necropants: Macabre Icelandic Witchcraft Tradition

    The macabre Iceland witchcraft tradition of necropants involves wearing someone's skin to collect coins in the scrotum.

    • Posted January 15, 2013
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  • Radio Police Automaton

    Illustration of a remotely-controlled robot cop from 1924, complete with a telegraphone, dynamo, loud speaker and tear gas.

    • Posted January 15, 2013
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  • Edith Clifford, Champion Sword Swallower

    “Champion Sword Swallower of the World” Edith Clifford c. 1900.

    • Posted January 14, 2013
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  • The Devil Automaton

    An Italian automaton depicting the Devil, carved in wood around the 15th or 16th centuries, could roll its eyes and move its tongue, emit a noise and spit smoke from the mouth.

    • Posted January 12, 2013
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  • The Louvre Doll

    The ‘Louvre Doll’ is an ancient French voodoo doll found in a jar with an inscribed tablet. It depicts a nude woman in a kneeling position pierced by thirteen needles.

    • Posted January 11, 2013
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  • Human Body Slices

    Human body slices showing the differences between thin and overweight anatomy.

    • Posted January 11, 2013
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  • Ectrodactyly – The Lobster Claw Syndrome

    Ectrodactyly, or lobster claw syndrome, is the name given to the condition in which hands or feet have a claw-like deformation.

    • Posted January 11, 2013
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  • DeLorean Limo

    This DeLorean stretch limo with three full sets of gull wing doors was created by Rich Weissensel. It began as a sketch and an order for a custom stainless steel frame after meeting John DeLorean at the...

    • Posted January 11, 2013
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  • Anesthesia

    Tens of thousands of patients a year in the US alone wake up during surgery. Due to a paralytic agent to prevent muscle twitches and tape over the eyes, the patient is unable to move or alert...

    • Posted January 10, 2013
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  • 18th Century Asylum Restraint Chair

    Patient in restraint chair at the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, Wakefield, Yorkshire c1896

    • Posted January 9, 2013
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  • The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello

    The crew of a royal dirigible accidentally stumbles upon a savage, horrifying cure for their plague-infested world in this steampunk-inspired animated short film.

    • Posted January 7, 2013
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  • 1900 Artificial Legs

    Studio photo of a young girl wearing a pair of artificial legs c1900. The legs were manufactured by James Gillingham, a boot- and shoemaker based in Chard, Somerset.

    • Posted January 5, 2013
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  • Boston Corbett – Mad as a Hatter

    BOOTH’S KILLER WAS MAD AS A HATTER: Boston Corbett, the Union Sergeant who shot and killed John Wilkes Booth, led a colorful and increasingly bizarre life. After his wife died in 1858, he castrated himself to avoid...

    • Posted January 4, 2013
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